Westchester Parent Child Care Survey
The Council's annual survey of Westchester parents on their child care experiences yielded evidence once again that safe, quality, affordable child care is beyond the reach of many, negatively impacting their work lives and likely costing employers money:
- The high cost of child care drives familes into debt - nearly half the respondents had trouble paying their child care bills in the last 6 months
- Location is the number one consideration for parents when choosing care, far more than the quality of the program
- Thousands of eligible parents do not know about the child care subsidy offered by the Westchester County Department of Social Services
- Child care issues greatly diminish work attendance, punctuality, productivity, and retention
- Child care considerations influence actual employment decisions
The Council can help working parents find reliable, quality child care and in some cases, identify and apply for financial assistance such as the child care subsidy. Parents can contact the Council to speak to an experienced child care counselor at (914) 761-3456 x140.
To see the full 2018 Westchester Parent Child Care Survey, click here.
The Child Care Council of Westchester was saddened and disappointed to learn about the Blank family’s traumatic experience at a local child care center. Our hearts go out to them and we wish Max a speedy recovery.
When it comes to choosing child care, parents in Westchester face a daunting and difficult decision. Child care here is among the most expensive in the nation, and parents are often forced to focus on cost and location first and foremost. When considering other fac...tors, like quality, they don’t always know what to look for. How can they tell at a glance if a center is safe and well-staffed? Is what they see during a visit really representative of daily operations? Will the staff members parents meet on day one still be there weeks or months later? How are emergencies handled?
The answer lies in knowing what questions to ask – and that’s where the Child Care Council of Westchester can help. We encourage EVERY parent in Westchester seeking child care to call us FIRST. At no cost, one of our trained specialists will tell them about the different kinds of child care, what questions to ask, how to find out if there are any violations, and which providers meet specific needs they may have, like a place to breastfeed or the ability to administer asthma medication. We are a private nonprofit organization established for this very reason and we are the ONLY resource in Westchester that can provide all of this information to parents, for free.
Our child care specialists are available by phone Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm and on Tuesday until 7pm, as well as by appointment. Call (914) 761-3456 x140.